Bangladesh off-spinner Mehedi Hasan on Sunday said that his consistency of bowling in the right areas brought him success during the second Test against West Indies in Dhaka.
Mehedi displayed one of the most mesmerising spells by a spinner against the Caribbean side on the third day to kill any hope they had to come back into the contest after Bangladesh put them on the back foot in second afternoon.
The 21-year old, who took three wickets in the first innings overnight, added nine more scalps to his tally to finish the game with 12-117, playing a big hand in Bangladesh’s first ever innings victory over an opposition.
Mehedi’s exploits in the game is the best ever bowling performance by a Bangladeshi in a Test match, improving his own previous record of 12-159 against England in 2016 at the same venue.
‘I consistently bowled in the good areas and because of that I got wickets,’ Mehedi said after the match. ‘If I could not bowl in the good areas, I would not have taken wickets and runs would have been scored.’
Bangladesh played with four frontline spinners for the consecutive match in Dhaka and despite being one of the junior campaigners in the side Mehedi didn’t waste a single chance given by his captain.
Mehedi left Bangladesh with half of their job done on the previous day but on the third day he dismissed his favourite victim Shimron Hetmyer for the third time in the series to give Bangladesh the first breakthrough.
It ended Hetmyer’s 57-run partnership with Shane Dowrich before they became any kind of threat for Bangladesh.
Mehedi then dismissed Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach and Dowrich in short spell to return with 7-58 –his best bowling figure in an innings and overall the third best bowling figure by a Bangladeshi.
His impressive bowling figure not only earned him several individual milestones but also helped Bangladesh ask the opposition to follow-on for the first time in history after they bowled out West Indies for 111 runs in the first innings – the lowest ever Test innings total by any side against Bangladesh.
Mehedi continued to mesmerise in the second innings as he finished with 5-59, becoming the second Bangladesh player to achieve two 10-wicket hauls after Sakib al Hasan and his performance steered Bangladesh to an innings and 184-run win.
Skipper Sakib was full of praise for young off-spinner.
‘As we scored 500 runs, it was a big advantage. But we never thought of bowling them out in such little total,’ Sakib said.
‘I think the belief comes with his [Mehedi] bowling. He got seven wickets in the first innings that has set the match for us,’ added Sakib.
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